20 March: Happy Feast of St Joseph!

St. Joseph, the spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the foster-father of Jesus, was probably born in Bethlehem and probably died in Nazareth. His important mission in God’s plan of salvation was “to legally insert Jesus Christ into the line of David from whom, according to the prophets, the Messiah would be born, and to act as his father and guardian” (Directory on Popular Piety and the Liturgy). Most of our information about St. Joseph comes from the opening two chapters of St. Matthew’s Gospel. No words of his are recorded in the Gospels; he was the “silent” man. We find no devotion to St. Joseph in the early Church. It was the will of God that the Virgin Birth of Our Lord be first firmly impressed upon the minds of the faithful. He was later venerated by the great saints of the Middle Ages. Pius IX (1870) declared him patron and protector of the universal family of the Church.

This Solemnity normally falls on March 19 but has been transferred this year, to 20 March, since 19 falls on a Sunday.  Read more about St Joseph here

Comment:

Share your favourite hymns and prayers to St Joseph on this thread, and tell us any experiences which you may have had as a result of your devotion to this great saint, or stories of miracles attributed to him that impressed you. Check out the story  in the film below and tell us if you think that anonymous carpenter might have been St Joseph himself…

A very happy Feast of  St Joseph to one and all. 

Competition: Name Helen’s House!

newhouseBlogger Helen is moving house and keen to find a name for her new abode. All ideas welcome, but she’s especially keen to find a “Marian” name. Being of simple mind, I suggested “Marian House” but – although I’m sure she’s added it to her list – I don’t think it quite cut the mustard. 

So, over to you lot.  

Can YOU find the perfect name for Helen’s new house?

Note, the blogger who submits the winning entry will be flown to the Vatican where a private meeting with Pope Francis will take place. If the winning blogger can get HIM to change HIS name (preferably to Pius XIII) then said winning blogger will also be flown back home! 

Bloggers may submit more than one suggested name.  In fact, bloggers may submit as many as they wish. All will be given serious consideration. So, let the competition begin!  

19th March… Feast of St Joseph

Click here to read the Catholic Encyclopaedia account of the life of St Joseph.

We’re  launching this thread on St Joseph ahead of the Feast Day, because, in preparation for our usual closure during Holy Week, we’ve closed all the discussion threads early. The atmosphere on the blog has not been good recently, and so we need time to recollect ourselves as the end of Lent approaches, and we enter into the events of Holy Week.  

St Joseph, advocate of the dying and the sinner, pray for us who have recourse to thee.

St Joseph, advocate of the dying and the sinner, pray for us who have recourse to thee.

This thread is a purely devotional and fun thread.  As with all Feast Day threads, we may post favourite prayers, hymns litanies, etc. And a few good clean fun jokes will also be welcome.  This is not the place for controversy – it is a Feast Day thread to learn more about the saint of the day and to share favourite prayers and jokes.  Enjoy!   

A Very Happy Feast of Saint Joseph!

Dear St Joseph, pure and gentle,
guardian of the Saviour child,
Treading, with the virgin mother,
Egypt’s deserts rough and wild.

Dear St Joseph, spouse of Mary,
blest above all saints on high,
When the death shades round us gather,
teach, O teach us how to die,
teach, O teach us how to die.

He who rested on thy bosom
is by countless saints adored,
Prostrate angels in his presence
sing hosannahs to their Lord.

Dear St Joseph, spouse of Mary,
blest above all saints on high,
When the death shades round us gather,
teach, O teach us how to die,
teach, O teach us how to die.

Now to thee, no gift refusing,
Jesus stoops to hear thy prayer;
Then, dear saint, from thy fair dwelling,
give to us a father’s care.

Dear St Joseph, spouse of Mary,
blest above all saints on high,
When the death shades round us gather,
teach, O teach us how to die,
teach, O teach us how to die.

Dear St Joseph, kind and loving,
stretch to us a helping hand;
guide us through life’s toils and sorrows
safely to the distant land.

Dear St Joseph, spouse of Mary,
blest above all saints on high,
When the death shades round us gather,
teach, O teach us how to die,
teach, O teach us how to die.

Comment:

Share your favourite prayers and stories about St Joseph.
He is a very powerful saint indeed,
but not a lot of people know that
so let’s spread the word…

Happy Feast of St Joseph The Worker…

ImageToday’s Feast of St Joseph The Worker welcomes in the Month of Mary, so we have a double celebration to mark 1st May.

It’s good to take time out to reflect on the lives of our greatest saints, as we do from time to time on this blog.

St Joseph is one of the most powerful saints in Heaven: one of his titles is Protector of the Universal Church, so let’s unite in praying to him today for special graces for the Pope and Bishops, as we witness a worsening of the crisis afflicting the Church in our times.

Prayer intentions, especially for those who are struggling either to find work or to cope with their employment, are welcome on this thread. Also, feel free to share your favourite prayers, hymns and stories about this great saint. Tributes, too, to Our Lady, please, as we enter the Month of Mary.

St Joseph the Worker, pray for us … Our Lady, Queen of Heaven, pray for us.